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SUPERVALU Pharmacies Bulk Up National Flu Prevention Program

Company offers convenient immunization options in 25 states

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Sep 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- To meet the demand for this year's flu season, SUPERVALU has specially trained immunizing pharmacists available now at nearly all pharmacy locations. This level of access, coupled with an ample supply of flu vaccine makes it easier than ever to get vaccinated at SUPERVALU Pharmacies.

Specially trained and certified pharmacists are currently available to administer the traditional flu vaccine, needle free FluMist nasal spray and the new Fluzone high dose for patients ages 65 and older during regular pharmacy hours. SUPERVALU's 800 plus pharmacy locations will be able to provide flu vaccinations daily, on a walk-in basis. In addition, stores without pharmacies and some stores with pharmacies will host walk-in flu shot clinics. Contact your local store for details.

The vaccine is reasonably priced at $26.99 for either the traditional shot or the FluMist. Fluzone HD is available for $59.99. This cost is covered by Medicare Part B and many commercial health plans, which means many of our customers may not incur out of pocket expenses. Our vaccines are competitively priced compared with other major national providers.

In addition, customers who receive a flu shot at pharmacy locations will receive a coupon book, worth $50 or more in savings, and a small sample bag with items that contribute to a healthier cough, cold and flu season. These products are available now while supplies last.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe so strongly in the value of flu vaccine that their experts recommend it for everyone over the age of 6 months - especially since this year's vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 flu virus. This marks a change from prior years in which seasonal flu shots were generally reserved for higher risk populations including seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

To make an appointment for a flu shot, customers can call (800) 783-0458 or visit their nearby pharmacy.

SUPERVALU Pharmacies operate under 10 retail brands, including Acme Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Osco Pharmacy, Cub Pharmacy, Farm Fresh Pharmacy, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy, Shaw's Osco Pharmacy, Shop'n Save Pharmacy, Shop 'n Save Osco Pharmacy and Shoppers Pharmacy. Shots will not be administered at Save-A-Lot, Bristol Farms or Hornbacher's.

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $38 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,270 stores composed of approximately 1,160 traditional retail stores, including 820 in-store pharmacies; 1,190 hard-discount stores, of which 870 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,920 independent stores serviced primarily by the company's traditional food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 154,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit


Mike Siemienas, 952-828-4245